IGLS, Austria (AP) — Martins Dukurs of Latvia retained the European skeleton title by winning his seventh World Cup race of the season on Saturday.
Dukurs led after the first heat of the competition, which also counted as the European championship, and set a track record in the second to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 45.13 seconds. Alexander Tretjyakov of Russia was 0.75 behind in second, and Martins' brother Tomass Dukurs of Latvia came third, 1.35 behind.
Martins Dukurs went further ahead in the overall World Cup standings, leading second-place Tomass Dukurs by 1,785-1,562 points. If Martins Dukurs also wins in Sochi in February, he will earn a €100,000 ($135,000) bonus awarded by governing body FIBT for the athlete who takes the last three World Cups of the season.